After a couple of failed attempts at riding under someone else’s banner (No Limit, Cash Money), Curren$y ventured out on his own and struck gold, amassing hundreds of thousands of loyal followers and lighting (pardon the pun) the way for rappers like Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller to carve out their own territory in cyberspace. As other rappers took his cue and rhymed more about smoking drugs rather than selling them, the term “weed rapper” was born, and an entire subgenre was written off as just stoners rapping about their favorite pasttime.
What is a weed rapper, though? Every time I interviewed Jim Jones he was smoking. Same goes for Snoop and Raekwon. Does that make them weed rappers? Guess it just boils down to subject matter then, huh? I guess Cypress Hill are weed rappers then? No? Oh.
It probably doesn’t help a whole hell of a lot that he named his recent EP with Styles P #The1st28 (as in 28 grams in an ounce), but I thought we were done calling Curren$y a weed rapper. Luckily, Spitta’s has a great defense against the “weed rapper” ball and chain: Keep doing exactly what he’s doing. The kid’s output is unmatched, and his flow will eventually absolve him of any talk of being a one-dimensional rapper with bud as a crutch.
In further defense of Spitta being stuck with this limiting title, here are ten joints where his topics of choice stray from marijuana.
This one is off his latest offering and, yes, it’s all about weed. But I put it on the list as a statement: Even if Curren$y is “just a weed rapper,” he’s still more talented than most artists.
9. “Daze Of Thunder”
Jacking the “Live Fast, Die Young” from Rick Ross for the first release off The Return To The Winners Circle, Curren$y does talk about weed here and there. But those mentions serve as a backdrop to the race-car metaphors that make up the bulk of the subject matter. With no hooks and a rapidfire delivery where sentences kind of seamlessly come together, it’s hard to tell where one thought begins and another one ends. But that’s why they call him Spitta.
8. “Yet Another Story”
Revisiting the story about the basketball player’s philandering girlfriend things take a turn for the worse when he finds out she’s been cheating after looking through her Twitter. Spitta paints dramatic, yet humorous pictures pretty well especially for being just a weed rapper.
7. “I Got A Story To Tell”
Humorous soap opera inspired by B.I.G.’s song of the same name and track, complete with a basketball player’s cheating girlfriend. Spitta’s tale is so detailed, you halfway suspect he’s talking about Tyson Chandler. The ending is the best, especially because it leaves an opening for a follow-up song.
6. “Bout It 2011”
You can classify him as a weed rapper, but this song articulates his No Limit roots and his desire to represent New Orleans the way Weezy and P have before him.
5. “She Don’t Want A Man”
As this list came together, I realized that Curren$y might rap just as much about adulterous women as he does about weed. I’m not so crazy about the unimaginative hook, but the verses are on point and relatable if you’re ’bout that life.
4. “Success Is My Cologne”
This track off the collab with Alchemist has no real theme, just funny references to other dudes’ girlfriends and dead stock sneakers. He also reminds the new jacks he’s been around for years (he was signed to No Limit and Cash Money years back) with “Kiddie pool niggas, get your floaties up…”
3. “Paid For Bitch I Own You”
Straight pimpery! Spitta joins Juicy J as they put young simps up on game. Again, it’s doubtful that an OG like Juicy would split his bars with crumbs. Curren$y, who usually has a word or two to for trife broads anyway, more than holds his own here.
2. “The Type”
Spitta’s high esteem among his peers and older G’s is evident from his collabs. He did this song (along with an entire album) with Alchemist, and—fresh off a stint upstate—Prodigy of Mobb Deep kicks the second verse. Doubtful any “weed rapper” would be able to hang with these two stalwarts.
1. “Car Talk”
The title says it all. Spitta Andretti shifts gears and kicks verses on his other passion—collecting classic Chevys—opting for a less sedated approach to his delivery. And he sums up this list, too: “Critics say that he flow only bout weed/ They don’t know about me/ They just judging from my Tweet quotes/ Since they don’t understand it they figure that it ain’t dope/ Fuck em tho…”